Effects of Project-Based Learning on Postgraduate Students' Research Proposal Writing Skills

Mustafa Ali Khalaf*, Abdulaziz Alshammari

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Research is considered a vital component for propelling progress and development. This study aims to investigate the effects of problem-based learning (PBL) in the teaching of research methodology and statistics courses on improving research writing skills and enhancing course achievement. It also projects an action plan model for the effective implementation of PBL in the instructional aspect. The study utilised a positivist research paradigm based on action research design using the technique of content analysis. Employing a universal rubric, 45 proposals of graduate programme students enrolled in the College of Education at Minia University in North Upper Egypt were subjected to content analysis to rate students' skills in writing research proposals before and after the delivery of the course. The students volunteered to participate in the study after they were given a synopsis of the aims and procedures. Students' achievement was assessed through a test consisting of 90 items, developed primarily for this purpose at the end of the second semester in the academic year 2018-2019. The post-content analysis revealed a significant improvement in scientific research skills, with a considerable difference between the pre- and post-achievement scores. It is imperative to consider the feasibility of using the PBL approach in teaching research methodology and statistics courses for graduate students. The study recommended the adoption of PBL in undergraduate programmes as well as in high school education.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)189-200
Number of pages12
JournalEuropean Journal of Educational Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 15 2023


  • Academic achievement
  • postgraduate students
  • project-based learning
  • research methodology
  • research proposal writing skills

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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